MXR La Machine Fuzz Pedal
MXR announces a new Custom Shop pedal, the La Machine, a fuzz pedal that reproduces '70s era fuzz tones.
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It looks like MXR is on a roll, with new pedals being released back to back, catering to a variety of tone needs, and now they are targeting players that are looking for classic fuzz sounds.
La Machine is from MXR Custom Shop, and is based on a popular vintage fuzz circuit that was used by guitarists in the '70s. It is said to be capable of covering everything from psychedelic funk to blues rock, and according to MXR, "psychedelia has also had an influence on the colour scheme!".
Controls are kept to bare minimum, with three knobs that control output, tone and the distortion level. It is mentioned however that these three knobs are enough to conjure a variety of fuzz sounds. A special octave button is provided to provide a separate flavor with searing octave up tones.
Here is a demo video of the pedal, check out La Machine in action:
Judging from the video, the pedal does produce the thick fuzz tone that it promises to deliver. Its impressive how it keeps note clarity even with high levels of gain. However what captured my interest is the added Octave up fuzz effect that adds a distinct retro flavor to the sound. I can see it being very ideal for lead breaks and to emphasize certain riffs.
Like other MXR pedals, La Machine comes in a compact and sturdy metal chassis. And it features true bypass circuitry, which seems to be the trend for many pedal makers. The La Machine is currently retailing for £139.
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